In mid-2005, The Foundation embarked on a mission to become
self-sufficient by January 2011. The creation of a Strategic Resource
Development Plan to reach the goal of self-sufficiency was also a grant
proposal for the Lilly Endowment initiative “Sustaining Resource
Development”(SRD) Grant Program. The Foundation’s plan/grant proposal
was successful and DCF received a $250,000 Lilly grant in late 2005. The
SRD grant monies are to be used specifically for a three-year Resource
Development budget outlined in the Foundation’s successful plan/grant
proposal submitted to Lilly Endowment.
in 2005, the Foundation successfully garnered a $750,000 CAPE III grant
form Lilly Endowment to establish school-based programs targeting
at-risk students and their families.
The Community Alliances to Promote Education (CAPE) grant will allow
Dearborn County schools to implement a two-part program called “Project
Connect.” The first component is aimed at increasing attendance rates by
hiring one “Connect Counselor” for each school corporation.
In January 2006, the counselors began working with students that have
multiple absences and develop action plans to address the relevant
issues. Through the program, educators can identify other resources and
services available to families and students. The second component of
Project Connect is an after-school tutoring program called “Homework
Connection” established at 11 schools in the county in August 2006. The
tutoring program assists at-risk students in completing their homework
and succeeding in school. The tutoring program is an extension of an
existing program at Lawrenceburg High School.